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DIY Virtual Staging EditingAs a real estate photographer in Albuquerque I sometimes shoot out of town up in the Sandia mountain range. This was a listing the agent had not seen before I shot it and the window curtains were not hung correctly.

I proceeded with the shoot and got the dreaded email from the broker saying that she wished the curtains had been different. This would have been a 3 hour fix driving back up and dealing with 2 feet of snow.

Instead I went to my DIY virtual staging platform and added curtains, a dining room table, china cabinet  and delivered a few living room pictures to my client. She was really pleased that I would do that for her helping her get the listing in the MLS right away.

One disclaimer here is that I could restage the curtains because the originals were not affixed to the wall. In New Mexico window coverings must be requested by the buyer unless permanently affixed. Only stage items that don’t convey with the home. Virtual Staging is a great way  to enhance vacant home pictures with furniture, pictures, plants and accessories. It should never be used as a band-aid to fix something that conveys such as walls, flooring or landscaping.

We can teach you how to do the same fix for as little as $7. In other cases where I am not fixing my mistakes I stage vacant home pictures for home sellers and realtors® looking for a better online presence. As a photographer this can double my income for a shoot while helping home sellers with a more competitive listing. This type of service will also help realtors® close listing appointments as few realtors use photographers that can offer this resource currently.

Jim Gross - virtual stagingJim Gross

Author and owner of Staging Pads and national distribution and training for VisualStager